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We finally got around to watching the show White Collar. The first episode (pilot?) was good. Right notes. FBI guy not an idiot. Forger a little too skilled but that's okay, competency porn is fun. Good supporting cast. Second episode not so good. In fact pretty bad, many of the things I liked from the first episode not present at all. The wife went from being smarter than FBI guy to an event planner (she may still be smarter, but event planner is not a great career for that). The only good thing is the director character (he's great, more people should hire that actor).

Does this show get better? Should I watch more?
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Very interesting TED talk by JJ Abrams about the fundamental role played by mystery and the unknown in storytelling. I think he so misses out on the power of understanding, even partial, in stories. He probably needs to have a good sitdown with Tim Powers (amongst othjers) who understands the strength of having multiple possibilities all driving a story.
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I like the following movies

  • Diabolique
  • Gaslight
  • Don't Look Now
  • Three Days of the Condor
  • The Parallax View
  • The Conversation
  • The Manchurian Candidate

I enjoyed Rubicon. I'm a huge le Carré and Sandbaggers fan. I thought The Lives of Others was amazing.

What television (including animation), especially foreign, would you recommend. Why?


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Rubicon has ended in a rather downbeat, slow way that probably makes sense given this tv show. We didn't get startling revelations, what we mostly got were confirmation of what has been sparingly parsed in the last few episodes. There was less Kale than I would have liked, and the revelation about Andi is only good in that it means her crazy-sexy artist bit was just (hopefully) an act. And to be honest I could always deal without Hal scenes. I will say that I think the show did a good job answering all the questions posed in the first few episodes while adding new layers on. A second season could work and be quite good. Unfortunately, I don’t think season 1 stands well on its own after that episode. In many ways episode 12 was a better ending.
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The Internet has failed me (once again) by waiting until AMC's Rubicon was almost over to tell me about it. This show just may end up being the best espionage show since The Sandbaggers. It depends on what the last two episodes bring. Right now its all the wasted promise of the first season of MI5 cubed. And its pretty much all about analysts. I'm in love.

And yes [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom and I just spent last night catchiong up with all 11 episodes.

Arliss Howard as Kale, Michael Cristofer as Truxton Spangler, and Will from Glee (not really but it would be a funny mashup). Add Miranda Richardson and some very strong actors and this is an amazing series. The pacing makes me swoon, its so deliberate and well thought out.

This had better end well!
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We watched the first episode of USA's new spy show, Covert Affairs last night. I like it better than USA's other spy show, the one with the annoying voiceover and exposition that everyone likes but me, Burn Notice.

The plot was a little thin, but I like the amount of detail on CIA life we're getting. It is refreshing to have a spy show use a real agency (mostly, and as [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom says its not like the real CIA has a great track record on jurisdiction). I keep on hoping to see the statue of Nathan Hale in all the establishing "We're at Langley" shots. I also like that the spy tech is pretty realistic, and hope it stays that way.

I personally think my favorite characters are Keri Matchett and Peter Gallagher as the feuding CIA power couple/bureaucrats. I hope we see a lot more of them. I also want to see more of Clarke Peters as the Russian linguist upset his protege is now working for the CIA. His scene was a real plus and made Piper Perabo's character feel more fleshed out for me. The same went for the FBI agent who kept on riding her for being a CIA agent operating on US territory, all without Perabo's character really admitting it.

And finally we had a fight scene that looked like a real fight. And the protagonist actually was loosing. Lets hope the mystery ex-lover shows up to save the day trope is avoided in the future. Though his being some sort of spy (probably rouge) was pretty evident from the beginning.

In short, well worth watching. My only huge bone to pick is Christopher Gorham as Auggie Anderson. I like Gorham, and I adore the Auggie character. But would it be so hard to actually have hired a blind actor? I think that is just pure laziness.
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I’ve been watching Happy Town, a doomed (and cancelled) series that was better than it was given the chance to be, and probably deserves a lot more geek love than it was getting. I mean really, this is a world where Warehouse 13 has a second season, so its not like standards are all that high.

One of the high points is Sam Neil as Merritt Grieves, a British fop up until the last episode where he’s drugging folks, planning three steps ahead and then he puts on a leather jacket and stares down a mob. And all I can think is “He would make a hell of a John Constantine.”

That was one of many problems of that movie, they hired a pretty boy for a role that is anything but pretty.

Now I just want someone to hire Sam Neill to do some gritty urban fantasy movie or series. He’d be so very, very cool.
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From Kung Fu Monkey

Save-vs-DM: This is probably a very geeky question, but have you actually made character sheets for the main crew, using whatever system you favor? (I know that I've done it using Spirit of the Century) I know that you mentioned that all the characters have Thief 101 skills, but in your mind do you actually prevent them from doing something because "it's not on the character sheet"?

Seriously, e-mail the SoC character builds to the kfmonkey@gmail.com account. I want to see those. SoC is really frustrating to me, actually. A lot of great stuff, but as soon as you ge tinto tagging aspects of the setting, it all goes to mush for me. A simple system that they overcomplicate a bit in the rules book. FWIW, I'd go True20 or Savage Worlds for a Leverage game.


"Age of the geek, baby" indeed.

Me, I'd use Gumshoes.

Leverage

Feb. 6th, 2009 11:42 am
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[livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom and I have finally gotten around to watching the first two episodes of Leverage. Not bad, its fun. Very much in the tradition of Mission Impossible. I hope it can continue to be strong. I think the two strongest characters are Nate and Eliot. The female characters (Sophie and Parker) have way to much bad gender-stereotyping baggage for me to like. Alec is, frankly, rather generic so far.
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This sounds like an interesting show.

History Hacker” is a new show on the History Channel that purports to be about taking a hands-on look at the history's greatest inventions and new ways to hack them. The pilot episode, which is all about Nikola Tesla and his pioneering work with electricity, airs tonight, Friday, September 26th at 8pm and midnight. Here’s the History Hacker teaser video.

Meet Nikola Tesla, the unsung genius behind the most miraculous advances of the Age of Electricity, and Hacker-extraordinaire Bre Pettis who will break the history of electricity down to its nuts and bolts. Bre will show you how to build your own versions of Tesla’s greatest inventions and takes you on a journey from New York City’s ultra modern power plants, to one of the world’s most advanced satellite research labs, and then onward into the future of energy…unlimited wireless power.


This sounds like it might be interesting, I'll have to see if I can stream it at some point.
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So [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom and I have been watching Supernatural lately, at the instigation of [livejournal.com profile] kniedzw, and so far it’s okay. We saw 8 episodes of season 1, but due to library craziness we’ve just started season 2.
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I'm a huge fan of Dr Who, but not a big fan of Russell Davies I've decided. Quite frankly, he's a hack. Looking back on the past 3 years the episodes I've liked are: "The Empty Child", "The Doctor Dances", "The Girl in the Fireplace", "The Shakespeare Code" and "Blink". Which tells me that the writers who work for me are Steven Moffat and maybe Gareth Roberts, who has only done one episode but it was about Shakespeare in a wild and exuberant way so he may be good or he might just have struck a cord.

Note that none of these are penned by Russell Davies. In fact the episodes that I mostly hated ("Bad Wolf", "The Parting of the Ways", "Army of Ghosts", "Doomsday", "New Earth" and all that Master stuff) were written by him. I can also fairly say that I'd avoid Helen Raynor and that while Paul Cornell might be able to write good SF tv, I don't like his doctor.

Looking at series 4 I see that Gareth Roberts is doing the Agatha Christie episode, which makes me happy. Also that Steven Moffat is down for two episodes that are "TBA". I may, whim takes me, see the Pompeii episode, if it gets good buzz.

In other Dr Who discussion, this infograph, Doctor Who: Revolutionary Or Tool Of The Man? is pretty cool. Though for ease of use I wish it had shown the doctor's on it. Its interesting to me that the 4th Doctor, who I think of as most anti-establishment, is mostly in the conservative era (I'm not surprised by the 3rd, his stories mostly happen in the present).
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So we watched the first episode of Pushing Daisies this weekend. It struck me pretty much like Bryan Fuller's other work, Dead Like Me and Wonderfalls (I don't like Heroes, so this better not be anything like that!), except less quirky and with an annoying voice over. [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom reminded me that the episodes on those shows hinted at coolness and we should give it more time. One of the disadvantages of watching episodic tv as it airs instead of on dvd is you can't say "meh, but lets watch the second one to be sure."

I on the other hand maintain that Pushing Daisies just don't have the quirky edginess to it, that its too bland. I shall await and see. If Fuller creates another tv show to rival Dead Like Me I'll be very happy. That said and done the man has issues (not saying I don't) and really wants to deal with lack of emotional connection and dead stuff communicating.

My normal Heroes snarkiness aside, I must admit that of the two episodes Fuller actually wrote, one was Company Man, which I remember being my favorite.
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Sarah Jane Adventures is the best Doctor who on Television. Cool and no melodrama (well not that much). Sarah Jane is amazing, and the kids aren't so bad either.

I'm in love, which is a good thing because both Torchwood and most of season 3 left bad tastes in my mouth.
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Asking the Wrong Questions, writing about Lost states:

"Which seems to me to be an approach dependent on the truth of three very dubious assumptions: one, that the answers exist, two, that the questions exist, and three, that the writers have any intention of revealing either one."


My opinion, after watching the first season is that the writers don't have much of a truth and that the series probably should have been six hours tops and would have been very satisfying. It reminds me of certain rpgs I've been a player in, or the X-Files, where things start out strong but then you spend way to long hoping things will get better and redeem your faith and interest. (Luckily the majority of rpgs I've had the luck to be in are good from beginning from end)

I should probably try to track down Veronica Mars, people seem to be all abuzz with that.
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[livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom and I just finished watching the 1st season of Arrested Development last night. I found the first third really funny, the 2nd third funny and the last third tolerable. I think the problem is that they have a very set pattern to the humor and the writers don't stray from it much. Which makes the show very predictible by the end. A good example of a tv show that might be very fun to watch weekly but doesn't survive the dvd well.

Deadwood

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Last night [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom and I watched the first two episodes of Deadwood. I can't say I was that impressed. I thought the characterizations were weak and few of the characters were easy to identify with. Not to sure I'd watch anymore, especially if it meant renting them (as we did the first disk). Afterwards [livejournal.com profile] peaseblossom and I both thought that the narrative flow, given the charaters, would be difficult to maintain. The obviously do something since the whole reason we watched it was the buzz this show has. But frankly it didn't connect with me.

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